Commenting on the proposals announced by the Prime Minister today for the Migration Advisory Committee to restrict the opportunity for employers to access migrant labour, Paul Raynes, Director of Policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:
“Today’s announcement is likely to lead to a far less business-friendly immigration policy. Proposals to remove sought after job roles from the shortage occupation list will only frustrate manufacturers who rely on bringing workers from overseas quickly so they can win and meet orders. The cost of bringing in a worker from outside of Europe is already significant, particularly for SMEs, yet the government wants to hike the price up further with a levy.
“Penalising employers who, when skills shortages are rife, need to look to the global talent pool to find the skills they need, is not the answer to gaining more home-grown talent. The Government should instead focus its efforts on boosting our education system and pushing forward planned reforms to apprenticeships.”